A 48-year-old man of Asian descent was allegedly punched multiple times and bitten on the hand by a shirtless attacker at a sidewalk in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan on Tuesday morning.
Unprovoked attack: The unnamed victim was walking along West 43rd Street and 11th Avenue when an unknown assailant approached him and started punching him repeatedly, reported WABC.
- The attacker then allegedly yelled, “Go back to China,” and bit two fingers of the victim’s left hand before fleeing.
- The tip of the victim’s middle finger was severed during the attack. He was brought to Roosevelt Hospital for treatment and is now in stable condition.
- In a statement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo condemned the violent attack, which he says a part of “an alarming, disgusting pattern.”
- “As New Yorkers, we are forever proud of our diversity, and we reject any cowardly attempts to divide us,” he said. “Justice needs to be done, and I am directing the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to offer their assistance in the investigation of this attack.”
Ongoing investigation: The NYPD Hates Crimes Task Force, which is now looking for “a suspect wearing white and black sneakers, with no shirt, carrying a sweatshirt,” released a video of the alleged suspect on Twitter.
⚠️INFO NEEDED-May18th, 09:50 AM, at W. 43rd St. and 11th Ave, a male Asian, 48, was repeatedly punched in the face by a male who said “go back to your country” and also bit two of the victim’s fingers causing the tip of one to be severed.☎️1-800-577-8477 @NYPDDetectives @NYPDMTN pic.twitter.com/oPDAMYRiPu
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) May 19, 2021
- The incident — the area’s third anti-Asian attack in two months — occurred not far from where a 31-year-old Asian woman was hit with a hammer earlier this month and where an Asian woman was brutally stomped on her head back in March.
- The NYPD urges anyone with relevant information to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
Featured Image via NYPD Hate Crimes